In 2007, I attended the Launch of the First National Weaving Congress in Mt. Data Hotel, Bauko, Mountain Province. We were treated to a cultural presentation. One of the highlights of the presentation is the Igorot foot spa, where some participants obliged.
The foot massage, according to Manong who gave me one after the conference, is a pastime of elderly men. After a hard day’s work, their sons would be obliged to give them the foot massage in their huts. The “technology” uses coconut oil and two sticks of bamboo (similar to chop sticks) which are rubbed alternately on their soles, until they become relaxed and eventually doze off.
Of course, I did not let this pass. When I had mine in my room, it gave me that tingling feeling, which really soothes you with the “kiliti”, until you become more at ease and accustomed with the rubbing of sticks on your soles and in between your digits. I think the secret there is the “kiliti” factor which runs up to your spine and head until you get goose bumps (got the idea?). It feels like is synonymous to experiencing laughter,which makes you secrete some hormones that will calm you down after.
While we hanker for other Asian-type massage (e.g. Thai, Chinese reflexology), it came as a surprise, even among the other Cordillera participants, that we have this indigenous way of relaxation.
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